SAESI recently held a workshop exclusively for the secretaries and treasurers of the institute in Benoni, Gauteng.
All secretaries and treasurers from the 14 branches of the Southern African Emergency Services Institute were invited to attend. The unique organisational geography of the institute not only creates its own challenges for organising and attending such events, but has a definite influence on the successful dissemination of information.
Much like a spiders web, each branch is a connected string equally important as the next in holding everything together and working properly. Over time however some strings got broken and detached, severing the web and in effect rendering it useless. Much needed repair was necessary.
Representation was very good and only two of the South African branches was unable to attend.
In order to address the inconsistencies, the misperceptions, and incorrect information out there, all branches were presented with a SAESI Operations Manual which will be a working document that the branch representatives can refer to and update as necessary.
This will also bring the information closer to the member on the ground and assist the institute in its transparency. The most important aspect is not the content of this manual, but that it is a single “voice” with which the institute can speak in its field of operations. Members are therefore urged to visit or make their branch secretary or treasurer their preferred centre for obtaining institute information.
Participation was very good and we are certain that with the continued selfless support and participation by these “stars of the Institute” we will not only survive another 50 years, but will surpass all expectations and become an institute of Eexcellence. To echo the words of the president Sam Masibi, we must never forget that the chairpersons, secretaries, treasurers, and councillors are all volunteers with no financial incentive for the work they do for the institute.
A volunteer is a person who gives his love…… for whatever it may be, willingly, a true sign of character.